Jerry Garcia tribute haunts Palms

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Deadheads and Jerry Garcia fans, rejoice! The Garcia Project will bring Jerry Garcia’s music to The Palms Playhouse on Sunday, March 4, at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The Garcia Project’s performances are full recreations of classic Jerry Garcia Band set lists from shows performed between 1975 and 1995. With thoughtful arrangements and the proper instrumentation and feel, The Garcia Project faithfully channels and projects the feelings, emotions and music that propelled the Jerry Garcia Band and their fans through the years.

For anyone that never had a chance to experience the Jerry Garcia Band (his own band, not the Grateful Dead) or for fans that want to relive a classic show, The Garcia Project delivers the goods. It’s about family, soul searching, rejoicing, contemplating, celebrating, seeking truth and loving one another.

Singer and guitarist Mik Bondy and singer Kat Walkerson are the driving forces behind the band. Bondy fills the “Jerry” role with modesty and an understanding that no one can replace Jerry — but that we can all rejoice in his music together.

Walkerson adds heartfelt and soulful female vocals to the mix. She has performed as vocalist for Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band and has been a guest vocalist with pre-eminent Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra.

Bassist Dan Crea uses two Fender Precisions like John Kahn used in the JGB from 1974 to 1981, but that are customized to get the range of sounds needed. Drummer Bobby Belanger can bring the music down to whisper and back up with a roar, and excels in the 1970s era JGB stylings as well as the later eras. Justin Lopes adds the classic JGB keyboard sounds.

The Garcia Project has a well-earned reputation for bringing Jerry Garcia’s music to life with passion, precision and soul.

Tickets for The Garcia Project’s Sunday, March 4, show at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main Street in Winters) are $22 and are available online via The Palms’ website and through Eventbrite, as well as at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis and at the door if the show is not sold out.

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